InstaGate EX2

By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2001-04-02 Print this article Print

InstaGate EX2

eSofts InstaGate EX2 update provides solid VPN and rudimentary firewall capabilities out of the box, and separate options improve firewall configurability, Web filtering and gateway anti-virus capabilities. For branch-office and small-enterprise administrators, the EX2 is an affordably solid, but not spectacular, security appliance.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // The EX2 can be set up in a matter of minutes to provide immediate protection from prying eyes on the Internet.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Add-on services can expand the EX2s capabilities as a company grows, but managing multiple units could become a headache.

Inexpensive; easy to configure; lots of potential uses, including service as a security device or as an e-mail, file or Web server.

Limited RAM overhead, must purchase firewall policy configuration separately; no central policy manager for multiple units.

eSoft Inc., Broomfield, Colo.; (303) 444-1600;

Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at

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